Hospitals fight proposal that would increase competition

April 16, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

The state hospital association opposes a bill that would eliminate the state's certificate of need laws, making it easier for outside groups to open same-day surgery centers and clinics. Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Henderson County who introduced the bill, says eliminating the CON program would would offer consumers more choices and lower costs.

State revenue up 2% over last year

April 15, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State revenue was up 2% – about $257 million – through the nine-month period that ended March 31 compared with the same period a year ago. Sales and use taxes increased 13.8%, while income tax revenue was down.

Bill would end protest petitions in rezoning cases

April 14, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

A bill that passed in the state House would end protest petitions in property rezoning cases. The bill would require two-thirds of city council members, rather than three-fourths, to approve a rezoning. Opponents of the bill say petitions are needed to give average homeowners a voice against developers. Developers say the petitions give small, minority groups unfair leverage.

Audit shows ex-SEANC director misspent $500,000

April 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dana Cope, the former leader of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, misspent $494,043 between October 2012 and February 2015, according to an audit summary released Saturday. Cope, who was the organization's director for 15 years, resigned in February after The News & Observer published a report on questionable spending practices.

UNC governors say McCrory proposal will hurt fundraising efforts

April 10, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The UNC Board of Governors say a proposal included in Gov. Pat McCrory's 2015-16 budget request would take $17.9 million out of fundraising coffers at schools in the UNC system. McCrory wants to cap the state's contribution to fundraising costs at $1 million a campus.


Raleigh hopes to finalize Dix property purchase by May

April 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh officials and Gov. Pat McCrory expect to finalize a deal for the city to buy the former Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital property by May 5. A Senate proposal that would nullify the deal and sell the property to the highest bidder is awaiting a committee hearing. Raleigh agreed to pay $52 million for the property; three senators who filed the bill say the land is worth more.

McCrory touts historic preservation credits in New Bern

April 9, 2015

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Gov. Pat McCrory toured downtown New Bern Wednesday to support reinstatement of the historic-preservation tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014. McCrory was joined by Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, who has visited 35 towns across the state to promote the incentive.

Proposal would expand solar power in NC

April 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican state legislators introduced a bill that would allow independent energy developers to sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses, bypassing large energy companies. Major corporations including Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Target have urged House Speaker Tim Moore to support the policy.

Bill proposes statue of Billy Graham at US Capitol

April 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators want to replace a statue of former Gov. Charles B. Aycock at the U.S. Capitol with one of Billy Graham. Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville, said he filed the bill at the request of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Aycock, who served as governor from 1901 to 1905, has been criticized recently for his white-supremacist views. Jeter says the statue would be paid for with private donations.

State awards film grants totaling $10M

April 6, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CBS TV series Under the Dome was awarded a $5 million state grant for filming its third season in Wilmington. An untitled TV project expected to film in western N.C. will receive $4 million, and a film project titled Late in the Season, which will shoot in Davidson and Charlotte, will receive the remaining $1 million in grant funds.